So apparently a Super Bowl ad angered a bunch of folks. Maybe watching grown men pummel each other brings out the worst in people. And with the half-time entertainment keeping their body parts covered, what else is there to do but beat up on multinational corporation Coca Cola?
Here's the ad that's got some people up in arms:
The ad starts out singing "America the Beautiful" in English, then switches to other voices singing about how drop dead gorgeous America is in languages other than English. It's really sweet, but some people think it's a "a truly disturbing commercial."
Maybe they're unaware that "America the Beautiful" isn't the official national anthem—that would be "The Star Spangled Banner," the song no one likes to sing because they can't hit that impossibly high note. Or maybe they're confusing it with "My Country, 'Tis of Thee"—oh wait, the words to that one are actually "God save our gracious queen, long live our noble queen." I don't suppose any Super Bowl fans would even know the words to that song.
Or maybe they don't like people from other countries admiring America's shining seas. That's going to really suck for America's tourism business, but whatever. Just keep on hatin' on America, if you speak a language other than English. We won't know anyway.
To add insult to perceived injury, the ad was played during the Super Bowl, the crown jewel of American football...how dare they try to encourage other nationalities to enjoy such an all-American spectacle! Except the NFL has been so desperate to export American-style football to other countries that they keep filling Wembley Stadium with heavily padded "football" players—the latest exhibition game featured the Vikings and the Steelers, and now there are blokes from Watford wearing Viking braids to cheer on Tottenham.
I don't expect Coke's bottom line to be harmed by the boycott. These days Coke sells more Coke to non-Americans, plus I suspect those idiots threatening to boycott drink more Keystone Light than Coke. Besides, just look at all the exposure Janet Jackson got when she was the one facing Fox News' wrath for her, err, exposure.
And you wonder why some Americans in Europe go around faking Canadian accents. When a few yokels get hot and bothered about children singing about the fruited plains of America in Spanish, I'm tempted to whip out my Canadian accent too.
What's the Canadian national anthem, anyway? And does it have any high notes?